16 U.S. Code § 3865 - Establishment and purposes
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The Secretary shall establish an agricultural conservation easement program for the conservation of eligible land and natural resources through easements or other interests in land.
The purposes of the program are to—
(1) combine the purposes and coordinate the functions of the wetlands reserve program established under section 3837 of this title, the grassland reserve program established under section 3838n of this title, and the farmland protection program established under section 3838i of this title, as such sections were in effect on the day before February 7, 2014;
(3) protect the agricultural use and future viability, and related conservation values, of eligible land by limiting nonagricultural uses of that land; and